Working hard to change the world for the better by matching those that have with those that need it. Charities commission number: CC52544
Take My Hands connects those that have with those that have a need, by rehoming usable medical equipment from NZ to health providers working with people in need in the Asia Pacific region.
We exist because each year the equivalent of nearly 600,000kg of usable medical equipment ends up in landfills across our country. At the same time we are dumping it, people in the Asia Pacific region are dying or becoming sicker because of a major lack of resource and equipment. It's true! We've heard stories of people dying because the local hospital in Fiji didn't have a defibrillator, or mothers and their new born babies having to lie on the floor because the hospital didn't have a bed.
We do this by working with hospitals and health providers in NZ collecting the usable medical equipment and resources they no longer need. We also work with health providers in the Pacific and Asia that work with people in need. They tell us what they need, and we match that with the equipment our hospitals and health providers give us.
Then we work with warehousing, transport and logistic partners utilising the spare capacity that exists in their business (as much as we can) to collate and transport that equipment to our recipient health providers in the Asia Pacific Region so that the equipment can be used where it’s needed most.
We are a tiny organisation tackling two massive problems. We know the health and wellbeing of our closest neighbours in the Asia Pacific region is in crisis because they lack equipment and resources, and we know that we have only just tapped the supply of useable equipment that can really make a difference to that crisis.
So far we’ve been able to send over 75,000kg of equipment to help over 110000 people in 5 different countries. We’ve done that with a team of volunteers and less than $40,000. We’re pretty good at leveraging what we have to work with to create some impressive outcomes, and we know we can make the absolute best of every cent and every minute of support we get. Your support of Take My Hands really will have a massive impact.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
You can for just $50 you can change a life. purchase piece of equipment and a part of one of our containers that will be shipped a health provider in the Pacific. It's kind of like buying that chicken or goat for a village campaign you hear about, but with medical equipment.
Here's our price list:
$50 gets you a wheel chair and the equivalent of a 1/4 foot in one of our 20 or 40 ft containers.
$100 gets you a wheel chair, and a medical trolley, and the equivalent of a 1/2 foot in one of containers.
$200 gets you a hospital bed and the equivalent of 1 foot in one of our containers.
That wheel chair will give a hospital in the Solomon Islands a clean way to get patients to the ward, or a person with a disability in Fiji will be able to be more independent and get themselves around their community - effectively changing a life. The hospital bed will be mean that new born babies won't have to sleep on the floor with their Mum's.
More about us
TAKE MY HANDS IS ABOUT IMPROVING LIVES BY CONNECTING THOSE THAT HAVE WITH THOSE IN NEED.
Take My Hands is a charitable organisation that redistributes medical equipment and supplies to those in need. We have been working on projects for the past eight years and over that time have sent more that 76,000KG of equipment to 12 organisations in 5 countries helping nearly 110,000 people over the next 5 to 10 years, and all for under $40,000!
Charities Commission Number: CC52544
We would like to say a massive thank you to our partners – NZ Post, PBT Transport and Sofrana shipping. Their support resulted in 48 hospital beds being shipped to the NRH hospital in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
The beds were gifted by the Canterbury District Health Board where they had recently been taken out of use on the wards in the Christchurch Hospital as they were replaced by upgraded electric hospital beds. The manual and hydraulic beds are perfect for use in the Pacific. The need in the Solomon Islands is very high, but the ability to source and resource new beds is a challenge.
The beds have now been put to use in the Medical and Paediatric Wards of the NRH Hospital. Below is feedback we have received from the team at the NRH.
These beds with wheels and collapsible side rails have been shared amongst the Wards at the Hospital – some at the Paediatric (Children’s) Ward, others at the Medical Ward and elsewhere in the hospital. “These beds have made our work a lot easier in terms of moving patients around,” (nurse from the Paediatric Ward of the NRH Hospital.
Patients’ safety is another important feature of the new beds, especially for children and those who are very sick. Because of the safety rails, it means the beds could be locked to stop patients rolling over the sides. “It makes our work so much easier. This is the right type of beds we need here. We need more,” the nurse said.
In a way it is a boost to the sagging morale of the Ward staff, who had to contend with beds that had been in use for many, many years.